A Taste of Cuba

7 nights from £1499

A Taste of Cuba
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A Taste of Cuba
A Taste of Cuba
A Taste of Cuba
A Taste of Cuba
A Taste of Cuba
A Taste of Cuba
Start:Havana
Finish:Havana
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:6 - 18
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely
Meals:7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

Overview

Beginning and ending in the vibrant city of Havana, this trip visits four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one week. The Vinales Valley, Old Havana and the colourful colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Along the way discover Cuba's fascinating history, learn how to dance Cuban salsa like a local and have a go at making the perfect mojito! .......read more
Highlights
  • Learn to dance salsa in Trinidad
  • Cuban Tourist Cards included for all UK residents
  • Visit to a tobacco farm and walk through tobacco plantations in the UNESCO Vinales Valley
  • Spend four nights in Cuban guesthouses
  • Visit Playa Ancon
  • Three nights staying in a hotel in Havana
Food

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners included. Cuba is not renowned for its culinary excellence and some ingredients are just not possible to get hold of (due in no small part to the long trade embargo implemented by the US). As such, flavours tend to be relatively simple, with most mealtimes consisting of meat or fish accompanied by rice and salad/vegetables. Seafood is widely available on the coast, including cheap and abundant lobster! Vegetarians will probably find they have the most limited choice. Snack food is not freely available in Cuba so you may wish to consider taking some with you. Paladares are likely to be a highlight of any visit to Cuba - they are one of the few types of private enterprise allowed (although still heavily regulated), where families or entrepreneurs are allowed to set up a restaurant. The atmosphere this creates and opportunity to integrate with local Cubans will no doubt enhance your stay! We recommend that you allow CUC 30 pp per day for the lunches and evening meals on the days where food is not included. Drinking water will be provided on the coach. Please bring your own refillable water bottles.

Itinerary

Location: Havana

Land only clients will meet the group at the start hotel.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Capri or Hotel Victoria (or similar)

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Location: Vinales, Tobacco Place

Today we travel to Vinales Valley, in the west of Cuba. Famous for its rolling tobacco plantations and collection of limestone karsts dotted along the valley, it's not hard to see why Vinales was awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status. Joined by a local resident we walk through the 'Valley of Silence' to soak up rural Cuban life as farmers tend to their crops using traditional farming methods. We'll also visit a tobacco farm to learn about one of the island's most famous exports and meet with a local tobacco farmer to help understand the growing process. After checking into our overnight accommodation in Casa Particulares, we visit an organic farm in the hills of Viñales for a sunset dinner overlooking the valley.

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Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs, Zapata Peninsula, Музей Гірон, Cienfuegos

This morning we set off on a long drive eastward to Cienfuegos. We stop for lunch at the Bay of Pigs at a small beachfront restaurant with a large Cuban welcome. The speciality here is fresh fish caught by local fisherman just off the coast. Time permitting, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea. This region of the Zapata Peninsula is a National Park and swamp providing a habitat for some of the most important bird species in Cuba. We are joined by a local nature expert who will introduce us to the natural landscape and characteristics of the area. We will also have some time to explore the Giron Museum, which exhibits items from the failed invasion by CIA-backed Cuban Americans. Afterwards we will carry on our transfer to Cienfuegos. The city of Cienfuegos is full of architectural delights and Cuban spirit, with a beautiful main square and restored buildings. On arrival we check into our casas for the night. Tonight, we enjoy a Cuban themed evening which will include Cuban music, delicious roast pork, rum and dominoes prepared by our fabulous host Lily. Today's travel time is approx. 7 hours.

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Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Casa Templo de Santeria Yemallà

This morning we will start by having a city tour on Bici Taxis. One of the best ways to get around is by Bici Taxi, a fun tour using Cuba’s eco-friendly and typical city transport. Each Bici Taxi can accommodate two people and will be pedalled by a local resident (most of whom like to introduce their guests to reggaeton music!) The Bici Taxi tour is a great time to talk to local Cienfuegos residents and have a go at practising your Spanish. Afterwards we depart Cienfuegos and drive down the coast to Trinidad. Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988 and is perhaps the best-preserved colonial town on the island. Exploring Trinidad can feel like entering a time warp, its colourful, cobbled streets and horse drawn transportation whisking us back. There are many interesting museums housed in old colonial buildings and music drifts through the streets and plazas, bringing the town to life. We have a walking tour with a local resident who will give us an insider perspective of what it’s like to live in Trinidad. The tour of the city will also include a visit to the ‘Casa Templo de Santaria de Yemaya’ where we will find out about the Santeria Afro-Cuban religion. We'll stay overnight in charming Casa Particulares, private Bed and Breakfast accommodation in local Cuban houses. Our dinner this evening will be at a private paladar where a local collective of musicians will perform interpretations of classic Cuban trova songs. This is sure to be a lively evening and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Cuban music with its distinct rhythms.

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Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Playa Ancon, La Boca, Playa Ancon, Trinidad

This morning we transfer to Playa Ancon making a short stop to visit the picturesque fishing village of La Boca. This is a popular spot with local fishermen, who we will meet and get a chance to speak to about the fishing industry in Cuba. Then we will carry on to Playa Ancon and enjoy some time on the beach. It is a great place to swim or you can simply just dip your toes and relax. Afterwards we have an authentic Cuban lunch prepared for us. Back in Trinidad we join the Santander family and enjoy a pottery-making class. Here we will learn the skills that have been passed down by several generations of this Cuban family before making our very own pottery with the guidance of a family member. Also this afternoon we meet a Cuban barman who is an expert at making the perfect mojito! They will give a mojito making lesson and everyone in the group will have a go at mixing their own in the authentic Cuban way. Afterwards we’ll take part in a salsa class with Cuban dance partners. There will be one dance partner for each member of the group, to assist with teaching the correct salsa moves. Trinidad is known for its nightlife, so after we’ve learnt the basics of salsa we’ll go to the town’s ‘Casa de la Trova’ live music venue to listen to local musicians playing authentic Cuban music. This venue is always lively and sociable, with plenty of local Cuban’s keen to let us practice our dancing with them! 

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Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Trinidad, Manaca Iznaga, Valle de los Ingenios, Santa Clara, Che Guevara Mausoleum

After breakfast we will visit a traditional embroidery project in Trinidad which showcases traditional embroidery project in Trinidad. As we have a long transfer today, we will bring packed lunches with us from the hotel. Leaving Trinidad we head to Manaca Iznaga, where we learn about the sugar growing history surrounding the Valle de los Ingenios, a hugely important industry for Cuba during the 18th and 19th centuries. We will also visit an idyllic country farmhouse run by a charming couple, a botanist and farmer. On the property they grow medicinal plants, fruit, and have a small coffee plantation. As well as being welcomed into their house for a ‘cafecito’ we’ll have a short walk around the property with the owners, learning about small-scale agriculture techniques and industry in rural Cuba. Our next stop is Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the Cuban Revolution in December 1958, just before Fidel Castro took Havana. Che Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the Revolution. We visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia before driving back to Havana for dinner at a private paladar. Today's travel time is approx. 5 hours

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Capri or Hotel Victoria (or similar)

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Location: Havana

This morning we set off for a walking tour of old and new Havana, Cuba's capital and the largest city in the Caribbean. Havana is a busy, bustling, energetic capital. The area of Old Havana is often described as a living museum, with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces. This is the finest surviving Spanish colonial complex in the Americas. Preserved by a combination of minimal war damage, post-revolution restoration work and the millions of dollars invested since it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. During our tour we visit a ration store, food market and artisan market. There is no better way to see Havana than by classic car, and so in the early evening we continue our tour of the capital in style, travelling in immaculately looked after classic cars in vibrant colours. Visiting both the old and new areas of the city, we discover the distinct neighbourhoods of the capital, stopping at points of interest for explanations and stories. Feel free to ask questions about why the streets of Cuba are filled with classic American cars manufactured in the 1950’s and how on earth the owners manage to maintain them!

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Capri or Hotel Victoria (or similar)

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Location: Havana

This morning is free to relax or do some last minute sightseeing in Havana's old town before those on group flights transfer to the airport in the afternoon. **

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What's Included

Included
  • Tourist card visa for UK residents
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers (if booking incl. group flights)

Not Included
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)

FAQ

Arrival and departure transfers (if booking incl. group flights)
Minimum 16 age or above pessanger can go on this tour.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A. We are advised that there is no risk of malaria. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten.

Reviews

5* A Taste of Cuba
A short but comprehensive introduction to Cuba - perfect for people that are short on time.
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4* A TASTE OF CUBA
 Cuba is a wonderful island with diverse countryside, sunshine, beaches, beautiful and historic spanish cities, cars, cigars and very friendly people.  I was very lucky as I travelled with a really nice group which also makes the holiday special. This is a cultural and historical experience not to be missed.   
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5* A TASTE OF CUBA
A trip which "does exactly what it says on the tin".
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5* A TASTE OF CUBA
Great way of seeing some of Cuba if you are short on time - will make you want to visit again!  Also great as a single traveller. From inspiring Havana to beautiful Trinidad, dancing, some great cooking, a bit of Che, beaches, beautiful scenery, thousands of photos and some rum - what's not to like?!
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5* A TASTE OF CUBA
A really fantastic trip in so many ways. Although only a week we packed so much into it that it felt like longer! It truly provided a great taste of Cuba.
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Dates

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05-Feb-2022
7 Nights
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05-Feb-2022
7 Nights
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25-Mar-2022
7 Nights
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25-Mar-2022
7 Nights
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05-Aug-2022
7 Nights
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05-Aug-2022
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Start:Havana
Finish:Havana
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:6 - 18
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely
Meals:7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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